Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Understanding complex biological systems and developing new tools to engineer them have been a central focus for both chemistry and biology. We are interested in developing new tools for the investigation and regulation of key biochemical processes taking place on the surface of and within a cellular system. The research of the lab will adopt an interdisciplinary approach that spans organic chemistry, polymer sciences, bioconjugation, molecular evolution, and synthetic biology. In particular, we will focus on three research directions: (1) the design and synthesis glycomimetic synthetic polymers with unique architectures for the engineering of cell surface glycome; (2) the development of carbohydrate-nucleic acid hybrid materials for highly specific recognition of cell surface receptors, leading to the potential application of immunomodulation; (3) the development of RNA-based synthetic biology tools for gene expression regulation using molecular evolution approaches.